What is the global prevalence of pulmonary embolism (PE)?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Daniel R Ouellette, MD, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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The incidence of PE may differ substantially from country to country; observed variation is likely due to differences in the accuracy of diagnosis rather than in the actual incidence.

Canadian data derived from 15 tertiary care centers showed a frequency of 0.86 events per 10,000 pediatric hospital admissions for patients aged 1 month to 1 year. [26] Frequency of pulmonary embolism in developed countries has been increasing when compared with historical data. This increase in frequency is linked with the increased use of central venous lines in the pediatric population. [27] The overall frequency in children is still considerably less than that in adults.


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